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The Amador County Arts Council (Amador Arts) congratulates the 2024 Poetry Out Loud (POL) participants from Amador and Argonaut High schools and from Jackson Junior High. Congratulations to the winner, Madison Noelle of Amador High School, who now moves on to the state finals held in Sacramento in March, with the goal of moving to the national competition in Washington D.C. and the chance to win $20,000.  

The county wide competition was held on January 28th and featured blank competitors. There was an intergenerational audience of forty people who had the opportunity to vote for the POL logo competition winner. Isabella Richardson of Argonaut High School won and will have their hand-drawn logo featured on the 2024 POL sweatshirts. Original poem winner Adella Brown of Argonaut High School, performed her Untitled poem. Additionally, three Jackson Junior High students from Dale Flint’s theatre class performed outstanding recitations from memory, bringing the audience to their feet with humorous and poignant contemporary poetry by renowned writers.

As winner of the Amador County POL, Madison Noelle will receive free workshops to help prepare for the state competition prior to traveling to Sacramento with their guardian on an all-expenses-paid trip to collaborate with the POL winners from every county in California. Together, these youth will participate in theatre and poetry workshops in addition to competing in three rounds of poetry recitation.

POL is a premier arts education curriculum that is fully funded and administered in all U.S. states & provinces. This program is provided for free to schools and is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, the California Arts Council, and Amador Arts. Arts Councils throughout California are required to produce this competition for local high school students. Students can begin preparing for POL 2025 today by going to poetryoutloud.org. Madison Noelle says, “I am truly grateful for the opportunity to share my passion for poetry at a state level! Poetry Out Loud and the arts means a newfound deeper passion and appreciation found throughout the years. I’ve been given the chance to express my inner thoughts and emotions through the works of others, and through that I’ve been able to find pieces of myself and art forms that truly make me value and enjoy life.” The competition season begins each Fall and the county championship occurs in late January each year. For more information, contact Deja Douglas at info@amadorarts.org or by calling 209-256-8166.

Established in 1982, the Amador County Arts Council is a 501c3 non-profit organization devoted to advancing rural creative expression throughout Amador County, in Central Sierra Miwok Lands. The Amador County Arts Council is the designated Local Arts Agency and State-Local Partner to the California Arts Council, a state agency. Amador County Arts Council catalyzes lifelong rural arts learning by providing hundreds of free art classes and professional support to rural creatives of all ages and to the local creative economy at-large. Our services include intercultural advocacy, free online arts directory & calendar, free concerts, scholarships, grants, free arts classes, and free technical assistance for local artists and arts organizations. Find out more at amadorarts.org, email info@amadorarts.org, or text/call (209)256-8166. 

Caption: Madison Noelle from Amador High School is the 2024 Amador County POL winner.

Amador County 2024 POETRY OUT LOUD winner Madison Noelle
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